Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

My Photo
Location: Bath, Maine, United States

I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Friday, April 25, 2014


On the train today from Maine to New York with fellow Veterans for Peace member Doug Rawlings.  We were heading to N.Y. for the April 26 Full Disclosure: An Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam event planned in New York City at the Judson Memorial Church.  The event is being sponsored by Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War. 

While on the train we agreed to each write a poem and this is mine.

From the Window All Is Clear

Two old poets on a train
sparks fly as they
share their words
both understanding
the rage and severe
that veterans
rightly feel

by the flag
and the great white fathers
who sit inside the company house
fabricating stories
to sell war
and thievery

From the rail car window
the signs of decay
are everywhere
boarded-up factories
in Worcester
homeless lined up
waiting for a meal
but nothing is free anymore
there is always a price to pay

Das Kapital sailed
to distant shores
where the poor
are even poorer
and work for next to nothing

Those at the top
of the pyramid
always casting about
for new ways
to pay for their 3rd home
in the Hamptons

Back in the
states pass laws
banning minimum wages
fearing that workers
might be able to feed
their families

such a revolutionary


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home